Guardian sightings and the email and bath plug agenda
Posted on 15 April 2009 | 11:04am
something about the kind of (left of centre) visitors we have up here in
Scotland that on successive days we have had sightings of The Guardian.
Sighting one, on Monday, had a short extract from my blog on the Damian
McBride affair, followed by a line from right-wing blogger Guido Fawkes which
looked like it was written by me. That has led to a correction in today’s
paper, the readers’ editor told me last night, so fair play to them.
Sighting two, of yesterday’s paper, was even more alarming than the notion
that I might write the same things as Mr ‘Fawkes.’
Namely the front page story on a survey of climate change scientists who now
seem hugely doubtful that agreed efforts to restrict global warming to 2C will
Instead, they fear an average rise of 4-5C by the end of the
century because of rising carbon emissions and political constraints on curbing
A quick turn to page 14 explains what that means… ‘Much human habitation in
southern Europe, north Africa, the Middle East and other sub-tropical areas is
rendered unviable due to excessive heat and drought… All sea ice is gone from
both poles; mountain glaciers are gone from the Andes, Alps and
It said nothing we didn’t know already, but perhaps it was the fact I was
reading it in such beautiful surroundings that led it to make the impact upon
me that it did.
I found myself dreaming last night about the North Pole melting and a
grey-white tsunami coming through the Highlands of Scotland.
I woke up relieved the hills were still there, but
anxious they might not be forever.
If the G20 Summit was key to the future of the global economy, Copenhagen in a
few months’ time is even more central to the saving of the planet.
There was a sub-heading in the Guardian story that caught my eye too – ‘Public
doesn’t realise how serious climate change is.’
Awareness is growing though. The question is whether it grows fast enough for
those political constraints to weaken.
It would help too if our own political debate was not dominated by the cost of
bath plugs and dirty tricks emails.
And I find it fascinating that David Cameron, who made such a big thing of the
environment when he first became Tory leader, now seems to have parked the
issue in favour of the email and bathplug agenda.